Coal burn­ing cited as big­gest cause of smog

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Ex­ces­sive use of “un­clean” en­ergy, mainly coal, is the main contributor to China’s re­cur­rent smog, ac­cord­ing to a Chi­nese ex­pert quoted by China Youth Daily.

“Coal and other un­clean en­ergy sources are the num­ber one contributor to China’s smog,” said Zhang Xiaoye, di­rec­tor of an at­mo­spheric com­po­si­tion com­mit­tee un­der the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal So­ci­ety. Ve­hi­cle emis­sions may come sec­ond, es­pe­cially in big ci­ties, he told a sym­po­sium or­ga­nized by the China As­so­ci­a­tion for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

Cit­ing PM 2.5 read­ings recorded in early Novem­ber, when Beijing hosted the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) meet­ings, Zhang said the fig­ures showed a con­sid­er­able drop of 35 per­cent, and only 10 per­cent of the re­duc­tion came from the odd-and-even li­cense plate ve­hi­cle re­stric­tions. (Photo 4)

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